I believe that all work should be held accountable to it's "lesser" contributions, which makes me wonder why Ubisoft would intentionally sabotage themselves by including this garbage alongside their filet mignon. It's ridiculous that people still think this way, that a game needs that extra "content" in order to compete for commercial success. It's like putting together a portfolio. You're not going to include anything mediocre just to pad the rest of your work, since it's not only the content that matters, but your ability to exercise discriminating taste. Not every game needs an entree, and it certainly doesn't help if it does more to cast doubt on the design choices overall.
Anyway, I know I'm leading the question, but holy shit is this a train wreck! It's unfortunate too, since it does bring down the value of what is otherwise a technical achievement and a fun game overall. I hope they can chalk this up to experience, but I have a feeling this is a trend that won't be bucked any time soon.